Delightful and Decadent: Easy-to-Make Praline Cookie Recipe

We all know that southern-style cuisine is full of flavor and hearty dishes that remind us of home. And what can be more comforting than a sweet treat with a touch of New Orleans’ flair? That’s right, I’m talking about praline cookies. These cookies are a perfect blend of buttery and nutty flavors that melt in your mouth and make you want another bite every time.

If you’re like me, you might love baking during your free time or love to surprise your loved ones with new recipes. That’s why I’m here to share with you my perfected recipe for southern pecan praline cookies. Trust me; these will not disappoint!

So let’s roll up our sleeves, grab our ingredients, and start baking a batch of perfect Southern praline cookies!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Praline Cookies
Southern Praline Cookies

Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you about a recipe that will make your taste buds dance the two-step. Imagine biting into a delicious, buttery cookie with the perfect balance of sweetness. Now add to that some southern flair with pecan praline goodness baked right in. That’s right, I’m talking about Southern Pecan Praline Cookies!

You’ll fall in love with this recipe for many reasons. For one, it’s a perfect sweet treat for any time of the year. Whether it’s summertime or fall, these cookies offer just the right amount of coziness and comfort. The rich flavors remind me of spending time in New Orleans, where pralines are a staple dessert.

And let’s not forget the texture – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Each bite is filled with pecans and their natural sweetness paired beautifully with cinnamon and vanilla. You can’t beat that!

Moreover, this recipe is straightforward and easy to follow. You won’t need any fancy equipment or obscure ingredients to whip up a batch of perfectly pecan praline cookies. It’s perfect for both novice bakers who want to try something new and seasoned pros looking for an excellent recipe they can tweak as needed.

So why wait? Make a batch of these cookies today, and I promise you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 These Southern Praline Cookies are the perfect treat for any sweet tooth!
These Southern Praline Cookies are the perfect treat for any sweet tooth!

Gather your ingredients for the perfect Southern Pecan Praline Cookies Recipe

Get ready to make these delicious cookies that are soft and chewy with a nutty crunch. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of chopped and roasted pecans
    • Tip: reserve a handful to top each cookie with for extra crunch

Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them together for the best results. Let’s get started on creating these delicious Southern Pecan Praline Cookies!

The Recipe How-To

 Get a taste of the South with these irresistible Praline Cookies.
Get a taste of the South with these irresistible Praline Cookies.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cream together 1 stick of room temperature butter and 1 and ½ cups of packed brown sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

Beat in one large egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon of salt.

Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Then, fold in 2 cups of finely chopped pecans using a spatula.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop, shape the dough into small balls and place them on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart from each other. Press each cookie ball gently with your thumb or fork to flatten it slightly.

Bake the cookies for about 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack before serving or storing.

Enjoy these deliciously nutty pecan praline cookies that will transport you to New Orleans with one bite!

Substitutions and Variations

 Indulge in the rich caramel flavor of Praline with these easy-to-bake cookies.
Indulge in the rich caramel flavor of Praline with these easy-to-bake cookies.

In cooking, there is always room for creativity and the ability to substitute ingredients based on preferences or dietary needs. I love this praline cookies recipe because you can personalize it with different substitutions and variations without sacrificing the delicious homemade southern taste.

To start, instead of using only pecans, you can try substituting with other types of nuts such as walnuts, almonds, or even hazelnuts. This substitution will not only add a new flavor profile but also create a different texture to your cookies.

If you want to take this recipe up a notch, you can try adding chocolate chips to the mix to create an even sweeter treat. Make sure to choose semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips to balance the sweetness of the cookies.

For those who want a healthier option without compromising taste, I recommend using coconut sugar as a substitution for brown sugar. This sugar alternative has fewer calories than traditional brown sugar and is packed with flavor.

For those who enjoy a kick in their recipes, adding spices such as nutmeg or cloves can enhance the flavor of these praline cookies. A pinch of allspice alongside the cinnamon used in this recipe would produce an amazing new flavor that’s perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the cookies.

Finally, if you’re looking for an innovative twist on these cookies, try sandwiching two pecan praline cookies together with some homemade pecan praline filling in between. The praline filling is simple to make by simmering butter, evaporated milk, light corn syrup, salt and brown sugar together and then whisking in a generous amount of chopped pecans until thickened. Once cooled slightly it’s perfect for spreading between two pecan praline cookies for an indulgent dessert that will remind you of New Orleans’ famous pecan pralines.

With these substitutions and variations, you can make the perfect southern pecan praline cookies that are personalized and unique to your preference or occasion.

Serving and Pairing

 Transform ordinary cookie dough into a batch of delicious Praline Cookies.
Transform ordinary cookie dough into a batch of delicious Praline Cookies.

When serving up a fresh batch of these delectable pecan praline cookies, you will want to have a cup of milk or coffee nearby. The cozy and sweet flavors of these cookies are perfect for dunking in a glass of cold milk or pairing with a warm cup of coffee.

If you are looking for an adult beverage to compliment these cookies, I recommend reaching for a glass of sweet dessert wine or a bourbon neat. The nutty and caramel notes in these cookies pair perfectly with the rich and complex flavors of a dessert wine or bourbon.

For an extra indulgent treat, try sandwiching together two cookies with a layer of creamy vanilla ice cream. The cold and creamy ice cream provides a refreshing balance to the sweetness of the cookie.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair these Southern Praline Cookies, they are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So go ahead and treat yourself to some warm, gooey cookies that are perfectly balanced between nutty and sweet.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These golden brown cookies are loaded with chunks of nutty Praline.
These golden brown cookies are loaded with chunks of nutty Praline.

I know that you want to enjoy these Southern Pecan Praline Cookies at their freshest, but sometimes, life gets in the way. Well, fret not, friend! These cookies can be made ahead of time and stored for a while without losing their flavor and texture.

To make them ahead, simply bake the cookies as instructed in the recipe. Once you’ve let them cool completely, store them in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.

If you want to keep them longer, you can store the baked cookies in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze them for up to 3 months. For best results, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before storing.

To reheat any chilled or frozen cookies, remove from the fridge or freezer and let them sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before heating or serving. If you prefer warm cookies, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and reheat them for 5-10 minutes, depending on your preference.

Now that you know how versatile this Pecan Praline Cookies recipe is, feel free to make a batch (or two!) ahead of time so that you can always have them on hand. Whether it’s for a quick snack, dessert or coffee time treat, these Southern-inspired delights will be perfect anytime.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Let your taste buds dance with joy as you indulge in the buttery, nutty goodness of these cookies.
Let your taste buds dance with joy as you indulge in the buttery, nutty goodness of these cookies.

One of the most important aspects of baking is ensuring that you get the perfect result every time. When it comes to making these Southern Praline Cookies, there are a number of tips and tricks that you can use to ensure that your cookies turn out perfectly every time.

First of all, make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you start. This includes butter, eggs, and milk. This will help to ensure that everything mixes together well and that you get a nice even consistency in your dough.

Another important tip is to be precise with your measurements. When measuring ingredients like flour and sugar, be sure to use a measuring cup or spoon rather than just guessing how much to use. This will help to ensure that your cookies turn out the way they should every single time.

When it comes to mixing your ingredients, remember not to overdo it. Overmixing can lead to tough cookies that don’t have the right texture. Instead, mix until all of the ingredients are just combined.

Finally, be patient when it comes to baking your cookies. Don’t rush things by turning up the heat or trying to bake them for less time than recommended. Follow the recipe instructions carefully and be patient while waiting for your delicious Praline Cookies to bake.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create perfectly delicious Southern Praline Cookies every time. So why not make a batch today and enjoy all the warm flavors and comforting textures of this classic Southern treat?


As a chef who specializes in southern-style cuisine, I want to make sure that you have all the information you need to successfully make these delicious pecan praline cookies. In this section, I’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about this recipe. So, before you start baking, take a look at these tips and recommendations that will help you avoid any potential mishaps and ensure that your cookies come out perfectly every time.

What are praline cookies made of?

Originally hailing from France, pralines are a sweet treat prepared using sugar, cream, and nuts (typically almonds).

Why did my pralines come out chewy?

The way the sugar in this recipe settles and cools will determine the texture of the pecan praline. Stirring and agitating the mixture too much can result in bigger sugar crystals which will end up hardening when it cools. If you want a chewy texture for your pecan praline, try minimal stirring.

What are New Orleans pralines made of?

If you’re looking to try your hand at making a classic praline, you’ll need to start with some essential ingredients – sugar, milk, butter and pecans. The New Orleans School of Cooking is known for teaching their guests the traditional method of making these delectable treats. With this recipe, you can recreate the magic of New Orleans in your own kitchen.

Why won t pralines get hard?

When it comes to making candy, temperature plays a crucial role in achieving the desired texture. A candy thermometer is essential to ensure precision in measuring the temperature accurately. If the candy doesn’t attain the appropriate temperature, it won’t set correctly, resulting in unsatisfactory results. However, it’s worth noting that other factors like humidity and altitude can have an impact on the final product.

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the information you need to make a batch of perfectly Southern Pecan Praline Cookies, it’s time to get baking! These cookies are the epitome of comfort and indulgence, with their crunchy pecan topping and soft, buttery cookie base. They are perfect for sharing with loved ones, bringing to potlucks, or simply enjoying as an afternoon treat with a glass of milk.

So don’t hesitate – grab your ingredients and start baking today! I guarantee that once you try this recipe, you won’t be able to resist making it again and again. And who knows – maybe next time you’ll experiment with some variations, such as adding chocolate chips or using a coconut praline topping.

In conclusion, this recipe may require some time and effort, but trust me when I say it’s absolutely worth it. With its delicious blend of cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and pecans, these Southern Pecan Praline Cookies are sure to become a new favorite in your home. So go ahead – indulge in this perfect taste of Southern hospitality!

Southern Praline Cookies

Southern Praline Cookies Recipe

Spices of the World Cookbook by McCormick. Copyright 1964.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 3 dozen
Calories 743 kcal


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg white, stiffly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups pecan halves


  • Stir brown sugar into egg whites. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Drop from a teaspoon onto a greased baking sheet, allowing 2-3 pecans for each cookie.
  • Bake at 250* for 30 minutes. Remove to rack and cool immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 456gCalories: 743kcalCarbohydrates: 81.4gProtein: 7.3gFat: 47.5gSaturated Fat: 4.1gSodium: 232.7mgFiber: 6.5gSugar: 73.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Easy
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